New York State Achievement and Investment in Merit Scholarship (NY-AIMS)

The New York State Achievement and Investment in Merit Scholarship (NY-AIMS) provides merit-based scholarships to New York State high school graduates who achieved academic excellence as a high school student, and enroll or plan to enroll in a public or private New York State college immediately after high school. This new scholarship program was enacted in the SFY 2015-16 State Budget. Click here for more information.


  • Eligible applicants must be New York state residents, have graduated from a New York State high school in the class of 2015, enroll full-time as a first-time student in an eligible New York State college or university for the fall 2015 term, and have achieved at least two of the following during high school:
    • have graduated with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 or above;
    • have graduated "with honors" on a New York State Regents diploma or received a score of 3 or higher on two or more Advanced Placement (or AP) examinations;
    • have graduated within the top 15% of his or her high school class.
  • Recipients will receive annual awards of $500 for not more than four years of undergraduate study.
  • Up to 5,000 awards will be granted to new recipients for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.